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Northern Ireland has lowest library use in UK

Published 07/05/2012

Fewer people use their local library in Northern Ireland than any other region in the UK and Ireland.

Research from the Carnegie UK Trust found that 40% of people in Northern Ireland had used a library in the last year. Scotland had the highest level of usage at 61%, compared to 50% for England and 45% for Wales.

The survey, A New Chapter, highlighted that though 65% of people here valued libraries as either very important or essential to their community, the figure still lagged behind the rest of the UK where an average of 76% people gave it the same level of importance.

Over half (51%) of those questioned in the Republic said they had used a library in the last year.

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